Thursday, June 9, 2011

Chalk Art and Other Ephemeral Things

The Denver Chalk Art Festival was held last weekend.  This is an annual occurrence that is located two blocks from our loft, so we were able to view it several times during the weekend and monitor the progress of the artists.  As you will see from the photos, these people do a great job - they are making serious works of art that disappear almost as soon as they are completed.  The festival began on Saturday morning and, on Sunday night, all of the drawings are washed away.

As I watched the artists (in 90+° weather, working on their knees on the hard pavement), I couldn't help but think that this is a lot of work for something that is so very temporary.  It's just like building elaborate sand castles or creating ice sculptures. None of these art forms last;  by the time they're completed, they're already facing elimination. 

So I have to ask:  why bother?  Why would someone commit so much energy toward a final product that will not even exist tomorrow?  The only answer I could come up with is that they enjoy the process, not the final, fleeting product.  This is probably a good life lesson to learn.  We should all take pleasure in the process.  The final product is not as important as we might think it is.  Here are some images, during the process, of the chalk festival.  Enjoy.

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